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This Week / Some recommended events for the week of Jan. 9-15

>SUNDAY

Suit up!

What: Polar Bear Swim

Why: Brrrr!

Info: Beginning at noon at the Firemen's Club, 23 Jackson St., Silver Creek. The free event includes music by Harvey and the Hurricanes and Rock & Roll to the Rescue, food, wine tastings, a chili cook-off and, of course, a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Erie for willing participants. For more information, call 934-3775 or email pforge@verizon.net.

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Enjoy the gift

What: Violinist Benjamin Beilman

Why: Classic.

Info: A program of Bach, Prokofiev, Wagner and Hubay at 3 p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. The free concert is part of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society's Gift to the Community recital series. For more information, visit www.bflochambermusic.org.

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>THURSDAY

Mississippi madness

What: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Why: Meow!

Info: Catch the Irish Classical Theatre Company production of the Tennessee Williams classic when it opens today at 7:30 p.m. in the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. The show runs through Feb. 6. Tickets are $32-$42. For more information, call 853-4282 or visit www.irishclassicaltheatre.com.

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>FRIDAY

The whole thing

What: The Complete "Metropolis"

Why: An original.

Info: Celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Hamburg Palace Theatre at 31 Buffalo St., Hamburg, with showings of the most complete version of the classic film (at 147 minutes long) at 7 p.m. nightly beginning today and continuing through Jan. 20. For more information, call 649-2295 or visit www.hamburgpalace.com.

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Pray for snow

What: Flurrious!

Why: A flurry of fun.

Info: From 6 to 9 p.m. today as well as 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 16 in Delaware Park Parkside Lodge at Parkside and Florence avenues. ($5 to $20 per carload.) The family-friendly event features spectator sports, activities, demonstrations, ice skating, sleigh and carriage rides and a snow sculpting competition. Admission is $5 per person for the entire weekend and free for Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy members. For more information, call 838-1249, Ext. 33, or visit www.BfloParks.org.

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